Venantius Fortunatus

530 - 609

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Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Venantius Fortunatus has received more than 137,175 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Venantius Fortunatus is the 829th most popular writer (down from 765th in 2019), the 973rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 922nd in 2019) and the 73rd most popular Italian Writer.

Venantius Fortunatus was a Latin poet and bishop of Poitiers in the 6th century. He is most famous for his poem "Pange Lingua Gloriosi" which is a hymn to the Eucharist.

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Venantius Fortunatus, a master of the short praise poem and a canonical Christian Latin poet, wrote eleven volumes of hymns, epigrams, elegies, and other religious and epistolary verses addressed to kings, bishops, and abbesses. This volume presents for the first time in English translation all of his poetry, apart from a single long saint's life.
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"A fugitive handprint in a bowl of cream, a bird tangled in the grapevines of a mural, holy women who clap their voices into prayers-this is a world of unexpected beauty, and Pucci as a translator deserves our respect and praise for having clapped these poems into songs."-Joel C. Relhan, Wheaton College, Norton, MA. Owing to the rich storehouse of information it contains, the poetry of Venantius Fortunatus (c. 535-600) has long been mined as a historical source for Merovingian society, a focus that overshadows an appreciation of the poems' literary value. This volume, offering free-verse translations of Fortunatus' personal poetry, remains faithful to the historical sweep of the poet's lines while paying attention to the literary qualities that make these poems masterpieces of their kind. The volume includes an overview of late antique Gaul, Fortunatus' biography, interpretations of the poems, prosopographical introductions, maps, bibliography, and indices. Joseph Pucci is Associate Professor of Classics and in the Program in Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of comparative Literature at Brown University.
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Venantius Fortunatus, writing in the latter half of the sixth century, was not only a major Latin poet, but also an important historical figure. He traveled as a young man to seek patronage in the courts of Merovingian Gaul, writing both formal and informal poetry for three of the royal brothers, Sigibert, Charibert and Chilperic, and for many influential figures in ecclesiastical and secular life. His poems paint a picture of a literary, not merely literate, culture, which complement�2s Gregory�2s canvas of bloodthirsty dynastic feuding.
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Over the past year Venantius Fortunatus has had the most page views in the with 17,768 views, followed by French (8,256), and Italian (7,488). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Esperanto (87.89%), West Frisian (67.28%), and Estonian (52.58%)


Among writers, Venantius Fortunatus ranks 829 out of 7,302Before him are Neale Donald Walsch, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Ibn Hawqal, Italo Svevo, Harry Mulisch, and Laura de Noves. After him are Franz Grillparzer, Zhang Sanfeng, John Bunyan, Gerard of Cremona, Bacchylides, and Adunis.

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Among people born in 530, Venantius Fortunatus ranks 3Before him are Pope Sabinian, and Alboin. After him are Sophia, Goiswintha, and Waldrada. Among people deceased in 609, Venantius Fortunatus ranks 1After him is Tassilo I of Bavaria.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Venantius Fortunatus ranks 973 out of 5,161Before him are Andrea della Robbia (1435), Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1562), Masolino da Panicale (1383), Florianus (232), Rachele Mussolini (1890), and Italo Svevo (1861). After him are Lucilla (150), Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400), Italo Gariboldi (1879), Scribonia (-70), Pietro Pomponazzi (1462), and Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma (1870).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Venantius Fortunatus ranks 73Before him are Valerius Maximus (-100), Marie Mancini (1639), Cesare Pavese (1908), Ibycus (-600), Pietro Bembo (1470), and Italo Svevo (1861). After him are Gerard of Cremona (1114), Vittoria Colonna (1490), Stesichorus (-630), Gaius Lucilius (-180), Gnaeus Naevius (-275), and Lucius Accius (-170).